The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming events

Jun 29, 2022

Would you like to learn more about examination practices and procedural guidance for 35 U.S.C. § 103 examining evidence? Register today for part three of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) virtual Instructor-Led Training (vILT) series on June 29. The course has limited capacity...

Jun 30, 2022

Would you like to learn more about examination practices and procedural guidance for 35 U.S.C. § 103 examining evidence? Register today for part three of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) virtual Instructor-Led Training (vILT) series on June 30. The course has limited capacity...

Jul 5, 2022

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this first module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on trademark protection in the United States...

Jul 12, 2022

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this second module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on the overall trademark registration...

Jul 14, 2022

Are you interested in learning about intellectual property (IP) basics? In part one of this eight-part recurring series, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts will: Provide a brief overview of the different types of IP (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights) Review...

Jul 19, 2022

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this third module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we'll focus on important principles related to trademark...

Jul 26, 2022

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this fourth module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on the requirements for an initial trademark...

Aug 2, 2022

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this fifth module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic...

Aug 4, 2022

Understanding patent application drafting is a vital step in protecting your invention. In part four of this eight-part recurring series, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts will discuss the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application, as well as how to avoid...

Aug 9, 2022

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this sixth module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on responding to office actions, the official...

News & Updates

After a nearly 30-year career at the USPTO, Drew Hirshfeld to step down later this month

WASHINGTON—United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Deputy Director Drew Hirshfeld announced his final day in office will be June 21, capping off a nearly three-decades long career at America’s Innovation Agency...

Record number of practitioners and law firms helped under-resourced inventors and small businesses protect their innovations in 2021

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2021 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate, recognizing and thanking individuals and law firms that have volunteered significant time and effort to help financially under-resourced inventors...

USPTO announces emphasis on transparency as it works to formalize Director review process

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is increasing transparency through updates on the interim process for Director review webpage and through a new webpage that provides the status of Director review requests as it formalizes the Director review process. In response to...

USPTO announces new Public Advisory Committee members

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new membership to its Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees, composed of private-sector intellectual property (IP) executives who help advise the Secretary of Commerce and the USPTO Director on the...

USPTO issues patent number 11,000,000

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today officially issued U.S. patent number 11 million, recognizing an important milestone in American innovation and ingenuity. “This momentous benchmark is a reminder of the remarkable and enduring tradition of American innovation...

USPTO releases updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees,” a follow-up to its 2019 report on U.S. women inventors. The new report updates the previous findings based on a review of an additional nearly one...

Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld appointed to a second five-year term

WASHINGTON—The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has reappointed Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld for a second five-year term. Commissioner Hirshfeld’s original term was set to expire this July. “I am pleased to reappoint...

USPTO announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to begin accepting petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals. The “Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program” launches July 2, 2020. The required petition fee is...

USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 31, 2020...

USPTO announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new COVID-19 prioritized examination program for certain trademark and service mark applications. Under this new program, the USPTO will accept petitions to advance the initial examination of applications for marks used to...